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The Venture 17 Division Of Education




College Students who are single parents are special. They are the hardest working people you will ever meet.

The Conservatory recognizes this. So when our services are engaged by this type of student, we like to surprise them, and when they find out that our services come at no cost to them, they gain a new found trust in their educators.

In addition to our help, and support from The BEAM Foundation, we want you to be aware of others in the Colorado Springs community as well as web based sites who offer help to those struggling to make it through work, school, health, home, and family.


Budgeting Tips for Single Parents

Financial Savings Calculator

How to Cope with the Stress of Single Parenting

Making Step-families Work

10 Ways to Become Financially Independent

11 Steps Single Moms Need to Take

Cultivating Connecting Curating



Colorado Springs Ecumenical Social Ministries (ESM) was established as a nonprofit organization in 1982 by eight large downtown churches. Considered an outreach extension for the community, ESM responds to the emergency social service needs of low-income, homeless and unemployed individuals and families. They have helped millions and continue to do great work. Their services include clothing, assistance with health care, personal hygiene items and transportation. They also include rent and utility assistance, job skills assessment, resume assistance, referrals, classes, tools, uniforms, GED classes, emergency food, and commodities. In addition, they can help with on-site behavioral health counseling and prescription medications. You can go on line at the above address. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Housing & Utilities Appointments Only

Tuesdays 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.


The Assistance League of Colorado Springs began as the Assistance Guild of Colorado Springs in 1968, changing its name to Assistance League in 1970 after incorporating as the 52nd chapter of the Nationally chartered Assistance League. The Pikes Peak Auxiliary joined the Assistance League of Colorado Springs in 1993. Together, over 170 highly motivated members bring a variety of experience and a wealth of enthusiasm to their service in the Pikes Peak region and greater metropolitan Colorado Springs area. Below you will find three of the League’s most well known programs.

Operation School Bell®

Operation School Bell, is the league's major philanthropic program, providing children in need, new school clothing to enhance their self-esteem and encourage regular school attendance. School personnel from El Paso County public schools; Big Sandy public schools in Elbert County; Dale House School in Colorado Springs; and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, refer children, grades K-12, to this program. Each child is given new clothing (a winter jacket; two pairs of pants; two tops; five pairs of underwear; six pairs of socks; a hat; gloves; and a hygiene kit). Pikes Peak Auxiliary of Assistance League of Colorado Springs provides grade-appropriate books, school supplies, and backpacks. During the past 40 years, approximately 70,000 children have been clothed at a cost of over $3,300,000. Last year, Operation School Bell served over 4,000 children.

Operation Can You Hear Me?®

“Operation Can You Hear Me?” is an audiology screening program for 3 through 5 year-old children conducted in cooperation with the El Paso County Department of Health. Trained Assistance League volunteers screen children for hearing impairment and make recommendations for rescreening to professional audiologists, should a child need additional testing. Over 25,000 preschool children have been screened since the program began in 1985.

Buddy Bear®

The League provides teddy bears named "Buddy Bear" for children exposed to traumatic endangerment and exploitation.

The chapter supplies Buddy Bears to the Colorado Springs Fire Department; Stratmoore Hills Fire Department; the emergency centers of Memorial Hospital Central and North; the Alamosa, Colorado Eagle Air Med, a fixed-wing air ambulance service supporting the Navajo Nation and the Four Corners region; and TESSA, an organization supporting victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. This program began in 1991 and has distributed over 19,000 Buddy Bears.

The Assistance League Bargain Thrift Store is at: 211 East Costilla Street in Down Town Colorado Springs. Their hours are: 9:30 to 3:30, Monday through Friday, and 9:30 to 12:30, on Saturdays. They can be reached at: 719-475-1029.


Everyone knows about the Salvation Army. You see them in front of all kinds of stores every Christmas Season. But how much do you really know. The Salvation Army was founded by William Boothe in London almost one hundred and fifty years ago. It is, and always has been, the gold standard Christian evangelistic army of charity, since its inception. From the beginning, the Colorado Springs Salvation Army has been there. As one of the early chapters, The Salvation Army in Colorado Springs was founded in 1889, over one hundred and twenty years ago. This army reaches everywhere. Dr. Counce volunteers at the Colorado Springs Salvation Army 2 days a week, tutoring children after school, and cooking in their kitchens for the homeless.

Here are just a few of the great things this army does:

Transitional Housing

(719) 635-1287

910 Yuma St. Colorado Springs, CO 80909

The Salvation Army’s Transitional Family Housing Programs provide a stimulating and safe refuge for all kinds of people. In a loving and supportive environment, residents are given the tools and encouragement to get back on their feet and lead productive and fulfilling lives.

R.J. Montgomery Center

(719) 578-9190

709 S. Sierra Madre, Colo. Springs, CO 80903 

The R.J. Montgomery Center is The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter in downtown Colorado Springs. Residents are given a warm place to sleep; daily meals; access to shower and laundry facilities; as well as counseling. The average age of the homeless in the U.S. is nine years of age, which makes the Children’s Development Center an essential part of this shelter. The program offers education, individualized care, and a chance for kids to be kids in a safe, clean environment.

Family Services

Colorado Springs – (719) 635-1287 email

908 Yuma St. Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Fountain – (719) 382-9230

901 S. Sante Fe Ave. Fountain, CO 80817

Family Services provides assistance to people experiencing life crises. Some services include food, clothing, rent, utilities, Christmas assistance, and various emergency needs. They fill over 36,000 of these needs each year including 7,500 emergency meals to senior citizens, homeless, and others in our community.

Red Shield Community Center

910 Yuma St. Colorado Springs, CO 80909

(719) 884-1038

The Red Shield Community Center provides a drop-in center and summer camp for teens and children. Kids are surrounded by caring, positive adults while having fun and making friends. They grow through learning and recreational projects, building confidence and character. In general, their quality of life is better and they are…happier.

The Salvation Army Church

The Salvation Army is a church; a church for everyone. Located in Colorado Springs and Fountain Valley, their congregations are made up of all kinds of people. Worship services are lively, informal and kid friendly. They’re upbeat and positive with great music – and not too long! The Salvation Army beliefs are based on the Bible, and correspond to other mainstream Christian denominations.

The Colorado Springs Church

908 Yuma Street

Colorado Springs, CO 80909

(719) 884-1040

The Fountain Valley Church

901 N. Santa Fe

Fountain, CO 80817

(719) 382-1182


The Colorado Springs branch of The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has the power of the state and federal government behind it, and offers an abundance of assistance programs.


The Woodland Park and Cripple Creek branches of The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has the power of the state and federal government behind it as well as El Paso County, however, Venture 17 finds the Teller County branch to be more accessible and user friendly, as would be expected with a smaller county, moreover, the office is well staffed with highly skilled professionals to serve you. You won't wait in long lines, and you won't be put on hold.

Feeding Colorado is an association of the five Feeding America food banks in Colorado. Feeding Colorado's purpose is to coordinate and augment food resources among the state's food bank facilities and provide administration and distribution of USDA commodities.

The 5 food banks distribute food to more than 1,500 nonprofit agencies state-wide, who provide meals and services to people in need. The diversity of agencies include food pantries, day-care centers, battered women's shelters, soup kitchens, residential treatment centers, senior and youth programs; serving all ages and segments of our community.

The food banks are non-profit organizations. They receive broad community support from individuals, corporations, local governments, faith communities and corporations.

Each Colorado food bank collects surplus food from food processors, farms, distributors, restaurants and supermarkets. Many also conduct community food drives or glean from local gardens.

Members are affiliates of Feeding America, the USA's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, which has a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks and food rescue programs. As such, they are monitored and operate in compliance with food industry standards for safe food handling, inventory control, record keeping, sanitation, and pest control.


The Women's Resource Agency is the oldest, continuously operating women's human service organization in the Pikes Peak region. Since forming in 1972, they have helped thousands of women re-enter the workforce and grow personally and professionally.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Women's Resource Agency coaches women to become financially independent and achieve employment success. In addition, the agency educates at-risk adolescent girls to make healthy life choices.

They assistthousands of women each year through individual coaching, career-building workshops, personal development classes, computer training, and image consulting. WRA also maintains a professional clothing boutique for women.

Over the past decade, the Women's Resource Agency has expanded to provide in-school prevention courses for at-risk teens, and programs for juvenile offenders.

Women's Resourse Agency services are needed now more than ever. Providing safe, stable, and thriving households, requires single-parent and even two parent households to be working in jobs to the best of their ability, which creates higher demand for programs they offer.

The Woman's Resourse Agency mission is to empower women and girls to attain and maintain personal self-sufficiency and economic independence.

Single Mother Help is a large network designed to connect and bring outreach to struggling single mothers.

They offer a wide range of help, including rent and housing assistance, utility bill assistance, financial aid, Section 8 assistance, WIC/Food stamps, college scholarships, and child care assistance.

They can also be reached at: 888-774-7282.

There are other programs available, and The Conservatory can assist you in locating them. If you need our help, just go to Contact Us on this website. We are always happy to help.